2020 Summit Schedule

November 13, 2020

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Keynote Session

Johnathan Scharrer Making Youth Courts More Restorative

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (Chose 1 of 5) 

Jonathan Scharrer

UW Madison

Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Implementation Bring your questions, challenges, and issues with development and implementation of a restorative justice program in your area to examine and discuss as a group. Share possible solutions and steps taken (whether successful or not) to learn and overcome challenges together.

Dr. Ron Pupp and Amy Aldrich

Waukesha County Teen Court

Positive Youth Initiatives Waukesha County Youth Justice staff will provide an overview of several restorative justice programs being offered through the Adolescent & Family Division. Many of these programs had been previously called Alternatives to Sanctions, but they were rebranded as Positive Youth Initiatives (PYI) in 2017. The PYI re-branding reflected a change in philosophy as well as an expansion of programming. While traditional programs like Teen Court, Community Service and Mediation remain, their emphasis was shifted toward increasing youth’s ownership and pride as they “give back to the community”. New programs were created to emphasize health and wellness with a goal of creating new hobbies, developing pro-social behavior and increasing self-sufficiency. These programs include Teen Cuisine, Hiking/Walking, Zumba, Running and the Youth Garden. Several other programs such as Teen Life Skills and Healthy Boundaries will be highlighted in this presentation as well.

Steve Handrich

Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services

Youth Accountability Panels Youth Accountability Panel is a mechanism by which Youth Offenders have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes by meeting with victims to gain a better understanding of how their actions affect others short and long term. Steven Handrich is a Wisconsin State Certified Social worker and has been involved with the Youth Accountability Panel for 9 years. Steven has been leading the way in Waukesha County with his involvement with this restorative justice program. This break out session will cover the need for such programs, the curriculum and implementation of the program over the last several year. Steven will also talk about the future hope for the program and implementation during the  COVID19 pandemic.

Fred Garcia and Maggie Marose

Waukesha County


Youth Advisory Councils


The Waukesha County Teen Court program has been in existence since 2006.  In 2020, the program added the Youth Advisory Council component.  Research shows that a Youth Advisory Council adds to the effectiveness of this restorative justice program. This breakout session will examine the research of the importance of youth leadership in the teen court program, will share developed strategies in recruiting candidates, the application process, and the selection process. This breakout session will be facilitated by teen court coordinator, Fred Garcia and youth advisory council member, Maggie Marose.

Monika Audette

Barron County Restorative Justice

Victim Impact Panels

In 2017, almost 11,000 men, women, and children in the United States lost their lives in drunk driving fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates one drunk driving fatality occurs every 48 minutes (NHTSA, 2017). Over the last 20 years, Barron County Restorative Justice Programs has hosted more than 150 Victim Impact Panels. More than 10,000 offenders, high school students, and parents have listened as mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers share their tragic stories of loss due to drunk driving.

Monika Audette, Program Leader for Barron County Restorative Justice Programs (BCRJP), will introduce how to organize a Victim Impact Panel with two victim speakers who will share their stories.


December 11, 2020

Keynote Session

Roderick “Rudy” Bankston The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A story of survival  

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (Chose 1 of 5) 

Rudy Bankston

i Am We Classics

The Inner and Outer Meaning of Restorative Justice in Education Please join in on the opportunity to engage in the inner and outer meaning and work of Restorative Justice in Education.  We will spend time reflecting on Restorative Justice and how it defines our work with each other, students, and families.

Sharlen Moore & Darrin Madison, Jr.

Urban Underground and Youth Justice Milwaukee

Reimagining Youth Justice in Wisconsin Youth Justice Milwaukee (YJM) is a broad-based campaign advocating for community-based, family-centered, restorative programs as an alternative to locking up children in Wisconsin’s youth prisons. YJM represents a coalition of persons who were incarcerated as youth, families of youth who are or were incarcerated, service providers, and local and national youth justice advocates. In this presentation, we will discuss racial disparities in youth imprisonment, data trends, benefits/problems with Act 185 (legislation to close Wisconsin’s youth prisons), and reimagining how we invest in youth justice.

Eugenia Highland Granados, Kiana Burnette, Kyra Johnson, Shirin Kestin, Sami Clausen-Ruppert & Aviel Mack



Interrupting the Cycle of Harm (Belonging, Connection, and Healing)  In this presentation, we will discuss our definition of restorative justice philosophy as necessarily anti-racist personal and collective work of radical vulnerability and love. Antiracist Restorative Justice moves beyond interpersonal harm by addressing power and takes on the journey of historical, institutional and peoples to peoples healing. We will also share an overview of the work we do in Madison, vision for expansion, and how you can get involved.

Dr. Damita Brown

Dane County TimeBank


Abolition and Restorative Justice: Identity, Power and Decolonization


The Dane County Timebank Restorative Justice Director Dr. Damita Brown will discuss Restorative Justice from an abolitionist perspective. We will cover some of the concerns among practitioners and community members about co-optation within systems approaches to restorative justice and discuss the role of proactive strategies in creating 360-degree accountability.

Antonio Butler

Office of Violence Prevention

Implementing Restorative Practices Across Milwaukee Antonio Butler will be presenting the vision of a whole-city model of Restorative Practices being implemented in Milwaukee. This vision has been cultivated by Sharon Lerman, Heather Sattler, Dorian Tellis and Antonio Butler. After that, he’ll be sharing a few details about his team’s work with the justice system.


January 8, 2021

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Keynote Session

Tricia Zunker      Ethics and Social Justice: Decarcerating through use of restorative justice 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (Chose 1 of 5)

Tricia Zunker Ethics and Social Justice: A continued discussion This session will continue the discussion of ethics and social justice in a smaller group venue. There will be the opportunity to engage in additional dialogue around the topics of restorative justice policy, decarceration and circles; especially as related to indigenous communities and young people. A question and answer format will be utilized.

Chief David Raasch

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

Justice Circles: The Peace Way and the Law Way

Judge David D. Raasch, now enjoying retirement, has served as a Tribal Project Specialist for the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) at Fox Valley Technical College.  NCJTC provides training and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies and justice systems, including Native American communities throughout the United States.

This session will discuss how changing behavior of offenders is more achievable through the use of “Circles” versus prison. It will show how traditional methods can be beneficial to all aspects of justice and illustrate the vital differences between the Peace Way and the Law Way.

Jacob Otis

St. Croix Valley Restorative Services

Rural Restorative Justice This session will explore the use of restorative justice within rural communities. Drawing from the experiences of residents of Western Wisconsin, topics relating to shame, stigma, and gossip will be discussed. Bring any questions, comments, or experiences to share about these critical topics.

Heidi Carlson, Kelly Hoeft, & Ashley Monroe

Barron County Restorative Justice


School Navigation


The focus of the Barron County Restorative Justice School Community Outreach Program is to disrupt the school to prison pipeline. This session will address chronic absenteeism and other barriers that get in the way of student success. Through story-telling, they will describe how they foster student and family engagement, student accountability, and behavioral and academic improvement.

Sandra Sosa & Tracy Benson

Burns Institute

Culturally-Centered Restorative Justice The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a black-led national, non-profit with a diverse team of bold visionaries, working to transform the administration of justice. Always challenging racial hierarchy and the social control of communities of color by the justice sector and other public systems, BI employs strategies and tactics to establish a community centered approach of justice administration that is anchored in structural well-being. BI team representatives will facilitate a space to engage conversation and shared knowledge around the understanding of culturally-centered restorative justice practices, with some examples from Chicago communities and across the nation.


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